Invisible Man

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This book narrates the life of a nameless black man living in the US, how hard it was for him to grow up in a racist town in the South, and how he eventually became leader of the community in New York.

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  • Christopher Mitchell
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky"
  • Tiffany Boyd
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "I think what made this book such a best seller is that we can all place ourselves into the main character's shoes. Who hasn't wanted to retreat into a world where they feel invisible and free? The book may follow a specific narrative and character, but the lesson behind it is applicable to many. "
  • Graciela Quezada
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "An incredibly powerful account of the black experience that was as relevant in the 20th century as it is in the 21st. We still have a long way to come. Invisible Man should be required reading for everyone."
  • Walter Perry
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man shouldn't be confused with H.G. Wells' The Invisible Man. While the sci-fi classic deals with literal invisibility, the unnamed black man who narrates his story in Ellison's novel is only figuratively invisible. We meet him at the end of his story, living in a New York City basement that he's lit up brightly by siphoning power from the utility. Ellison doesn't belabor the metaphor...right from the start, the narrator tells us that it's his status as a black man in mid-century America that renders him effectively invisible. "
  • Rosa María Villalobos
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "A beautiful story that truly allows you to feel what it's like to not have a "home". Well written and filled with emotion. I highly recommend it. "
  • Jane Nguyen
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I wanted to find the best book for African-Americans according to Huffington. I trust their knowledge. I found Invisible Man. It's about the life of a black man, who has no name, and how he lives in the United States. It talks all about his life, including the many hardships he goes through. It's a riveting book. Check it out! It's amazing."
  • Beverly Medina
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "Because this book is a highly rated fiction book and includes the character's experiences in colleges, this would be a good solution for the topic"
  • Johnny Weber
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "One thing that has united the generations since it was written has been Harper Lee's classic TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. But what to point your curious child to next in order to deepen their understanding of the roots of today's racial issues? Another classic, of course! The literary style here will be challenging, but will also broaden their minds not just to the subject matter but also to the imaginative qualities of literature."
  • Roger Williamson
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "As someone who is concerned about Civil Rights, I have always loved to read any books about the civil rights movement. The best book I have found so far that covers this is the Invisible Man. "
  • Alice Evans
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "This book is about a journey of self-discovery for a black man living in America in the 1920s to 1940s. It tackles the controversial topics of racism, segregation, and prejudice very well and certainly makes you think. It's poignant, moving and hits you hard. This is a book you'll be thinking about for months if not years to come."
  • Nathan Owens
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "One of the classics by any author this book is captivating and extremely interesting. Written generations ago it has stood the test of time and should be on anyone's must read list. The above description might not be adequate in stating the book's importance."
  • Jack Cole
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This was definitely an outstanding book to read. It was one of those books that should become a motion picture based on how well-written the plot is and the depth of the character. I highly recommend reading this book as it deals with the issues of racism and overcoming impossible challenges."
  • Beverly Harris
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "The Invisible Man is a great book about struggle and perseverance. I'm not sure if any book can be "the best" book ever, but this is a recommended read for sure."
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  • Howard Holmes
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "The Invisible Man is one of the best must-read American classic books. A first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century"
    Leonardo Rosas
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Very eye opening book about how life is as a black man in America. Takes on many social issues that they dealt with in the south."
  • Peter Robinson
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "Not sure if it categorizes as a good AP English book, but Invisible Man tells the story of a nameless African American living in the US and his struggles in living in a town in the south which was not endearing to say the least. Eventually he would become a community leader in New York showing how hard work and perseverance can lead to success."
  • Teresa Parker
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I think this is a good book that delves into America's past with racism. We so easily forget about issues such as racism and carry it out today. I like that the man makes something of himself despite the hardships he faced."
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